La noche en que Héctor Lavoe huyó de Pablo Escobar

Este mito de que todos son “nosotros” encuentra un desenlace en 1991. La orquesta del puertorriqueño Héctor Lavoe es invitada a tocar en una fiesta del narcotraficante colombiano Pablo Escobar. El capo, que sólo en ese año mandó asesinar a 7.000 personas, está, durante tres horas, resolviendo sus negocios de cocaína y no escucha la “salsa” de Lavoe. Lavoe está en el jardín y le han pedido tres veces que cante El cantante, su máximo hit. Lo ha tocado sin chistar. Para cuando Pablo Escobar baja a la fiesta, se ha perdido la actuación de Lavoe, que ya está cenando. Y entonces, Escobar pide El cantante por cuarta vez. Lavoe se niega a interpretarlo de nuevo y, acto seguido, su orquesta es encerrada en el sótano de la casa. Los narcotraficantes les quitan los zapatos a los músicos. Creen que van a morir y Lavoe logra escapar por una ventana. Corre a la carretera más cercana y detiene un taxi. Cuando el taxista mira que no tiene zapatos, duda de que el pasajero tenga dinero para pagarle. “Soy Héctor Lavoe”, asegura, asustado, el músico. El taxista duda y le propone: “A ver: cánteme El cantante”.

El País: La Casa de Nadie

Crea más valor del que capturas

Wired: Your new credo these days is “Create more value than you capture.” What does that mean?

Tim O’Reilly: Everybody wants to foster entrepreneurship, but we have to think about the preconditions for entrepreneurship. You grow great crops in great soil. And the soil is the commons. Increasingly, we have monopolistic companies that try to take as much as they can for themselves. And we have a patent and copyright regime that makes sure that nothing goes back into the commons unless by an extraordinary act of generosity. This is not fertile soil for innovation.

So many technologies start out with a burst of idealism, democratization, and opportunity, and over time they close down and become less friendly to entrepreneurship, to innovation, to new ideas. Over time the companies that become dominant take more out of the ecosystem than they put back in. We saw this happen with Microsoft. It started out with a big vision: How do we get a PC on every desk and in every home? It was profoundly democratizing. But when Microsoft got on top, it slowly started choking off the pathways to success for everybody else. It stopped creating more value than it captured.

Wired: Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing

Una de las cosas que se robó el mayordomo de Benedicto XVI era una pepita de oro que un empresario minero peruano le había regalado al Vaticano.

One is a list of three items—other than the trove of documents—found in his apartment. The first was a check, payable to the pope, for 100,000 euros from a Catholic university. The second was “a nugget presumed to be gold” that had been a gift to the pontiff from a Peruvian mining magnate. And the third was a 1581 translation of The Aeneid, also a gift to the pope. 

GQ: The Pope and The Spy Who Loved Him